The latest news from Newnham’s Fellows, alumnae, students and staff.

Professor Mary Beard

‘No woman in the world hasn’t been on the receiving end of mansplaining’ – Newnham’s Mary Beard on Radio 4

Classicist Professor Mary Beard talked about being patronised, why she sometimes points out her status on Twitter and why she doesn’t describe herself as clever in a special feature on BBC Radio 4. The…

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Greta Burkill

Newnham marks Holocaust Memorial Day with series of events

The plight of refugee children will be highlighted at a series of events at Newnham College organised to mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2017. A free public panel discussion event titled From Kindertransport to Calais: The…

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Professor Ottoline Leyser

Newnhamites featured in New Year Honours List

Newnham is delighted to announce that the following Newnhamites were named as receiving awards in the New Year Honours List 2017: Dr Claire Breay (NC 1987) – MBE – Order of the British Empire…

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A group of essay prize-winners at Newnham

Newnham College Essay Prizes open for submissions from Year 12 girls

Female sixth-form students are invited to explore university-level themes in our annual Newnham College Essay Prizes – to be in with the chance of winning £400. Prizes are available in Architecture, Engineering, History, Modern…

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'Bed Burial'

‘Bed burials’ and what they tell us about the ‘network of women’ who helped introduce Christianity to Europe

Aristocratic women in the 7th century converted people to Christianity partly because it was an ‘attractive alternative to marriage’ – eminent Newnham archaeologist Dr Sam Lucy explained in a BBC documentary. Dr Lucy, who is…

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Gillian Allnutt

Alumna Gillian Allnutt awarded Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry

A Newnham poet who has power to ‘comfort and astonish’ readers is to be awarded The Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, Buckingham Palace has announced. Gillian Allnutt (NC 1968) will receive the 2016 medal,which is…

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Principal Dame Carol Black with Olivia, JCR Access Officer

Principal and undergraduate student join BBC edit-a-thon to add more women to Wikipedia

Newnham’s Head of House travelled to London to take part in a BBC project to address the lack of online biographies available about eminent women. Dame Carol Black was joined by Olivia Hylton-Pennant, JCR…

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Professor Dame Carol Black

Government report by Newnham’s Principal says ‘fresh approach’ needed to help people find work after addiction

An independent review into the impact on employment prospects for people who have battled drug or alcohol addiction has been published by the Government. Professor Dame Carol Black, Principal of Newnham College, was commissioned…

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Sandi Toksvig

First female presenter of mainstream comedy show formally becomes Honorary Fellow

Sandi Toksvig said ‘anyone who can cook dinner and look after children can host QI’ when she gave a hilarious and thought-provoking talk at Newnham. The distinguished Girton alumna was at Newnham College to…

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Alexandra Shulman

‘Sometimes you just have to get on with it and make a decision’ – Vogue editor gives inspiring talk to Newnham students

The longest serving editor in the history of British Vogue told students the fashion magazine is ‘a bastion of female power’ at an exclusive Newnham event. Alexandra Shulman OBE has been editor-in-chief of Vogue…

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